President Trump Sets New Record In Bombing the Taliban

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Delano Scott)

By 1600 Staff

President Trump has set a new record in bombing the revenue sources of the Taliban.

According to the Washington Free Beacon

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The Trump administration “set a new record” for dropping munitions on Taliban drug facilities in Afghanistan, according to newly declassified information showing a significant increase in American operations in the war-torn country since the White House announced a new policy for the region. The U.S. has significantly increased the number of airstrikes conducted on Taliban drug operations during the first part of 2018, marking the largest number of munitions expenditures over this period in the country since reporting began in 2013, according to a supplemental report provided by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR.

The Trump administration “has increased the number of airstrikes: the United States released 378 munitions in January, 469 in February, and 339 in March 2018 during 215 missions,” according to information released by the Pentagon. “The total of 1,186 munitions released in the first quarter of 2018 is a record for this period since reporting began in 2013, and is over two and a half times the amount for the first quarter of 2017.”

The information originally had been classified as part of an effort to obscure detailed numbers of U.S. operations to cripple the Taliban’s financial networks. Its release comes as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise trip to Afghanistan on Monday to meet with the country’s leaders. The administration has significantly expanded airstrikes in the country, according to SIGAR.

The good news is that as drugs are an important revenue stream for the Taliban, America’s streets are safer and the Taliban has lost $20 million. The bad news is that they can easily replace the equipment, and deploying air resources is costly for the United States, meaning it costs us more to destroy them than it does for them to lose it. Denying the Taliban critical revenue has to be the prize, and the president deserves credit for empowering our armed forces to pursue the Taliban and their resources.

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Thomas Vernon
Thomas Vernon
4 years ago

This is the kind of leader the United States has needed for many years; a man who is not afraid of what public opinion may think. He only wishes to do what is best for America! God bless President Trump!

Jeff Scott
4 years ago
Reply to  Thomas Vernon

You are right.
Not enough of us give him the credit he is due.

Charles King
Charles King
4 years ago

We have wasted our treasure both in lives and money fighting a no win war in a place that is no threat to our nation.We didn’t learn a thing from the Russian incursion. The only action worst than this was Vietnam. We should, like the Russians, admit our failure both in diplomacy and military action and leave immediately. We have bigger threats like Iran, N. Korea, ISIS, etc. This so called nation is still in the dark ages. Short of an all out invasion and occupation, which is doubly stupid, we cannot win this and should not continue to try.

Patrick Hayes
Patrick Hayes
4 years ago

If Bush hadn’t been such an idiot our forces could have completely destroyed the Taliban and their drug trade a long time ago. Our forces routinely walked past massive opium operation and did nothing.

Richard Knoch
Richard Knoch
4 years ago

Finally America has a Real President and Secretary of Defense who understand our enemy.

As long as they can freely grow and manufacture heroin and its derivatives, the world will be awash in those illegal drugs and the “bad guys” will have an unending source of revenue.

This is the solution that was rarely used during obamba’s Regime.

Frederick Harden III
Frederick Harden III
4 years ago

Johns Hopkins and Fairfield Universities

Please continue to go get ’em!

Fred Harden III aka “GreyHairandGreyMatter”

Geneww38
Geneww38
4 years ago

While DOD expenditures may exceed the loss of Taliban income, I doubt if that expenditure exceeds the cost savings in the reduction for drug eradication, legal costs, crime reduction and patient rehab in within the USA

Larry342516
Larry342516
4 years ago
Reply to  Geneww38

I agree, and if we can save one life by not getting on these hard drugs it is worth the money spent.

Louis Valiante
4 years ago

Drop agent orange on their product. That should alter their income.

Reginald Joules
4 years ago

Comparing our costs to Taliban’s income loss would be faulty cost-benefit analysis on the face of it. Our benefit part needs to be expressed as some kind of a function of Taliban’s income loss. Seems the article did do that in some fashion by the end.

Carla
Carla
4 years ago

Good bomb them back to Hell

Norman Cook
Norman Cook
4 years ago

As someone who is against the use of Illegal Drugs of ANY kind I say don’t stop now with the bombing of the drug growers and makers.

Ursula
Ursula
4 years ago

It’s about time we have a president that allowes the military to do what they are supposed to do. Before Trump the military always had to ask Obama if they could do something “Father may I” drop a few bombs. If Hildabeast had won teh election we would still be in the same situation as it was under Obama. So glad things are changing for the better.

gongdark
gongdark
4 years ago
Reply to  Ursula

You mean president ginger, right??

Chet- Suske
Chet- Suske
4 years ago

Pres Trump KEEPS his promises! ISIS out!

Earl
Earl
4 years ago

How many AMERICAN LIVES will be saved with the destruction of the Taliban drug trade?

Connie Carnahan
Connie Carnahan
4 years ago

Thank goodness for President Trump. He’s keeping another promise he made on the campaign trail, among others. Economy is up, unemployment is down, construction on the wall has begun and we are a better nation for this.

Marilyn
4 years ago

Results are better than bandaids. America is doing better than just the talk. Go Trump go!

Rick S
Rick S
4 years ago

man I really like this president

Freebie
Freebie
4 years ago

Time to get rid of the poppy fields in Afghanistan and everywhere!!

Mathew Mok
Mathew Mok
4 years ago
Reply to  Freebie

We got any agent orange left? – If we do you just found a great place to get rid of it.

Larry342516
Larry342516
4 years ago
Reply to  Mathew Mok

Agent orange eventually killed a lot of G.I.s after they came back home. My brother was one of them. It was years later, but it destroyed his lungs.

JOY
JOY
4 years ago
Reply to  Mathew Mok

GREAT IDEA!!!!!

russell
russell
4 years ago
Reply to  Freebie

and we need every where we do not need this garbage in America

Gerald Ladd
4 years ago
Reply to  Freebie

LOL…you want to deprive Barry Obama of his drug? Shame on you!!

Mathew Mok
Mathew Mok
4 years ago

10 mil to them is a TON of money to them but a 100 mil to us is just the cost of doing business. – I hate to see it spent at all but ask the USSR what happens when yo get in an arms race or any other pissing contest with Uncle Sam. – Remember when Khrushchev said “we will bury you” ? Who got buried? (Hint the USSR no longer exists. ) ISIS, Talaban or whatever the stinking moslems(sic) call themselves have no chance against us. None at all.

Martin Korab
4 years ago

With his brains and his heart and his great love for America, President Trump is doing his very best to MAGA. The Democratic Communist Party will always put him down, no matter what good he accomplishes for the United States of America. The Democratic Communist Party had better watch it’s step, because President Trump is God’s Gift to America and they better not mess with God or His Gift. GO TRUMP ! GO PENCE ! Sincerely, Martin Korab

Donna
4 years ago
Reply to  Martin Korab

Love your comment…..totally agree with you….

N
N
4 years ago

If the evil liberal demoncrat Nazi’s Commie party traitors to America continue to go unpunished(Hollywood ,RINOs etc)! They’ll continue their treasonous ways! Enough is enough with this Deep State BS! Drain the rat infested swamp, ASAP! President Trump!

Gordon Jensen
Gordon Jensen
4 years ago

Thank you President Trump! Keep stripping the Taliban’s drug business of it’s profits !

Hg
Hg
4 years ago

Great news. This, if true, means LANGLEY GETS LOTS OF NEW STARS!

GHC
GHC
4 years ago

Langley getting NEW STARS if true. It’s the cia breadbasket. Hope McStain isn’t there.

Joy
Joy
4 years ago

I’ll take ANY news from Afghan where the bad guys (Taliban) are losing or, at least, suffering VERY inconvenient losses! Bomb the S**T out of those bastards!!

Carl J Bujan Jr
4 years ago

Good job President Trump. Keep them bombs a dropping.

James
James
4 years ago

Way to go Mr. President! Keep up the good work!

callmeBob
callmeBob
4 years ago

Instead of manufacturing infrastructure how about we use a little ‘spray’? 2-4-5 D from the air and acrolein in the irrigation system. (= no more poppies)

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